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Dive Review of Salt Cay Divers/Tradewinds in
Turks and Caicos/Salt Cay

April, 2004, an Instant Reader Report by Kathy Anderson, IN, USA
Report Number 995
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
51-100 dives
Where else diving
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, dry  
Water Temp
78   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
70   to 80    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  5 stars
Tropical Fish
5 stars  
Small Critters
  5 stars
Large Fish
4 stars  
Large Pelagics
  5 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
4 stars  
Boat Facilities
4 stars
Overall rating for UWP's  
4 stars  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
4 stars
5 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars   
5 stars    
This was our second visit to Salt Cay (first: April, 2000, same dive
operator and resort).  Things have grown a bit(Salt Cay Divers has added a
24ft dive boat, Island Thyme Bistro, a rental villa with a fresh water
pool, etc), but Salt Cay is still relaxing and uncrowded (the quickest way
to the dive sites are the smaller Carolina Skiffs, land transportation is
usually by bicycle or golf cart, and there are still only about 100 people
on the island including divers/vacationers).  We enjoy the
"non-pressured" diving with Ollie and Mike (divemasters) -
excellent wall dives within 10-15 minutes, coming back to shore between
dives and being able to dive your own profile with your buddy.  In addition
to the nurse sharks, the manta ray, the dolphins and the whales - we also
saw a spotted eagle ray, an octopus and a green morray.  Our 11 year old
daughter completed her open water certification with Mike and really
enjoyed herself.  We also went to the Endymion, a British Man 'O War which
sank about 1780 on a reef in 35ft of water some 16 miles south of Salt Cay.
 The keel, large cannons and large anchors/chains make for an excellent
historic wreck dive - although the weather has to cooperate or the seas can
be rough.  After diving, there are great beaches (North beach by bicycle
and Great Sand Cay by boat).  Debbie assisted us with much of the logistics
- from inter-island air travel to stocking the frig in our unit at the
Tradewinds to open water certification (she and Mike are PADI instructors).
 We ate dinners out at Island Thyme(a large selection with great
food/drinks), Maria's(Mount Pleasant) or Pat's Place (the latter two with
good island specialties).
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